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Friday, August 17, 2012

‘Ruling Party Loyalist’ Retired Teachers Appointed in Varsity’s Confidential Exam Dept sans UC’s Approval

MALDA, 10 JUNE: Huge controversy hits the University of Gour Banga (UGB) after two retired college teachers have been appointed advisors in confidential controller of examinations (COE) department allegedly without prior approval of the university council (UC). While a large number of educationists and teachers construe this as ‘a fine instance of violation of norms and traditions with a political approach’, the vice chancellor (VC) Prof Achintya Biswas defended the matter saying the advisors were appointed ‘to set COE department, which had so many grievances against, in order.

It has been learnt from sources that Dr Samar Mishra, working president of Trinamul Congress influenced Gour Banga Siksha o Sanskriti Unnayan Mancha (GBSSUM), and Mr Pallab Dasgupta – retired teachers of Malda College and Raigunj University College were recently appointed advisors in the COE department of late. They started functioning from 7 June by taking a stock of the COE wing of the UGB and talking with employees of the department.

But good number of educationists and university and college teachers alleged on condition of anonymity that the VC appointed them without prior approval of the UC which is gross violation of varsity norms. They further anticipated that as those two retired teachers don’t have strict accountability, their recruitment in a confidential department like COE is ‘quite undesirable.’ “It’s nothing but the reward for being consistently loyal to the ruling party and hence we hardly find any difference between the former Left Front government and the Trinamul led government in promoting party loyalist educationists,” said a senior retired professor.

However, VC Prof Biswas rubbished the allegations of political appointment avoiding the UC. “Both Dr Mishra and Dasgupta have ample experience as they served in the capacity of associate professors for decades. They are familiar with nitty-gritty of examinations. As there were formidable problems in the examinations department, they were requested to advice them to set the things in order,” Prof Biswas said.

“They were appointed purely on honorary basis and their honorium and details of functioning would be settled as per the instructions of the UC. If the UC feel that they shouldn’t continue they wouldn’t,” the VC said.

Regarding the political identity of the advisors he said, “Our primary concern is to set the examinations department in order in students’ interest and not politics. I don’t know if they have any political color but their experience is the asset what we want to utilize.”

Dr Mishra, when contacted, only said, “In addition to 34 years’ teaching experience I have three and a half years’ administrative experience also as the teacher in charge of Harischandrapur College. We started working on last Thursday and saw the examinations department in a deplorable state. Some frustrated people may criticize but our aim is to advice the best in publishing results and holding examinations in the larger interest of the students and the varsity.”

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